Now, I have a bone to pick with those behind the Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC). It bills itself as the granddaddy of Canadian film festivals as it begins its 46th edition. I am 48 years old and that makes me older than FNC and I ain’t no grandparent! That minor quibble aside this festival has become the de facto world film festival of Montreal. That might be a controversial statement to some, but based on the mess that is the Montreal World Film Festival, run by Serge Losique, I think most would agree that FNC has filled the void.
Filled the void by bringing in a lot of films. They year they will be screening 383 films during the 12 days of the festival. Bringing even more weight to that number is the fact that of those films there are 43 world premieres and 45 North American premieres. Being truly an international festival by featuring films from all over the globe. 68 countries will have films entered in FNC with Greece, Denmark, Canada, France, United States, Switzerland, Russia, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Poland, Belgium, Croatia, and Mexico just being the tip of the iceberg.
The films will feature some well-known names alongside some up and comers. Kicking off the festival will be the highly anticipated Denis Villeneuve film Bladerunner 2049 starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and produced by Ridley Scott. Star power does not stop there as you can see films starring Shia LeBeouf (Borg/McEnroe), Stellan Skarsgard (Borg/McEnroe), Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Almaric and Charlotte Gainsbourg (Les Fantomes D’Ismael), Lou Ferrigno (Hercules), Diane Kruger (In the Fade), and Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Colin Farrell (The Killing of a Sacred Deer).
With plenty of awards to be handed out the films are divided into many different categories: International Competition, Focus Québec/Canada, Les incontournables, Les nouveaux alchimistes, Panorama international, Temps Ø, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Présentations spéciales, P’tits Loups, Rencontres pancanadiennes du cinéma étudiant, FNC EXPLORE, Events, as well as a brand new section aimed at professionals, FNC Forum.
Besides all the film fun to be had there are also accompanying events to round out the experience. These include performances, themed musical evenings, short-film-related gatherings including the awards ceremony, and fun-filled, and other cinema-related activities.
-Dates: October 4-15, 2017
-Venues: Cinema du Parc, Theatre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, Imperial Cinema, Cinematheque qubecoise, Quartier Latin cinemas, Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins, INIS, Societe des Arts Technologiques (SAT), Club Soda, Espace Jeunes at Grande Bibliotheque
Pass prices: regular admission, $200; student/senior, $160 (all screenings except opening and closing films, + catalogue and poster).
Ticket prices: regular admission, $13; student/senior, $9; children (under 12), $8; matinees, $9; cine-concerts, $20; with Accès Montréal card, $11 (upon presentation of the card, valid for all screenings in all FNC venues, Monday to Friday); with VATL card, free admission for chaperones of card holders; booklet of 6 tickets, $66.
-Ticket Purchase: www.nouveaucinema.ca